Two Dutch organisations, subsea specialists N-Sea and unexploded ordnance experts Bodac, are to jointly market their marine UXO survey, identification and removal resources for projects across Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia.

In doing so, the two companies say they believe they have the capability to offer developers, contractors and operators of offshore windfarms a complete suite of cost-effective solutions.

The co-operative venture, says N-Sea CEO Gerard Keser, will significantly reduce the required interface between different service suppliers and their respective customers. Both companies have the track record, project management teams, vessels and survey capabilities to provide offshore wind farm developers and power cable owners with seamless effective solutions to clearing their corridors and installation plots, he adds.

Earlier this year N-Sea completed pre-construction UXO risk management, target investigation and clearance operations for the UK Galloper Wind Farm off the Suffolk coast while Bodac has recently been engaged in comparable studies at the Port of Rotterdam using depth detection to investigate a planning area for residual World War 2 bombs.

By David Goodfellow